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Berkeley wants to treat military recruitment offices like porn shops

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 27, 2008 09:40 AM

Only in Berkeley. Sigh:

In response to a Marine Corps recruiting office established in Berkeley last year, local activists are trying to make it more difficult for future recruiting centers to open in the city.

If passed by a majority of Berkeley voters, a proposed initiative would require military recruiting offices and private military companies in Berkeley to first acquire a special use permit.

To obtain this permit, a business must hold public hearings and a public comment period.

If the initiative passes, recruitment offices could not be opened within 600 feet of residential districts, public parks, public health clinics, public libraries, schools or churches.

Currently, a recruiting office is held to the same standards as most other businesses, which do not require a public hearing or have limits on where offices can be established.

The author of the initiative, Berkeley-based lawyer Sharon Adams, modeled the initiative after current zoning law that restricts the location of adult-oriented businesses.

“In the same way that many communities limit the location of pornographic stores, that’s the same way we feel about the military recruiting stations,” said Phoebe Sorgen, an initiative proponent and a member of the city’s Peace and Justice Commission.

Question their patriotism? Damned straight.

Megan Sego at California Patriot issues a call to arms:

For those of you who aren’t acquainted with the non-residential areas of Berkeley, this process would make getting a recruitment office nearly impossible. First, the proposed recruitment office would have to have a special permit that they’d have to obtain through the “public hearing and public comment” process, which means entangling themselves in Berkeley’s sizeable and slugglish bureaucratic net. If they were successful, the 600 foot regulation basically covers anything they could be next to. The assumption that they have to be far away from public entities like schools, parks, and clinics indicates that the city still believes recruiters are “preying” on poor, weak, minority citizens…

…My elementary analysis: This is the “nice” way of banning military recruitment without actually doing it. I hope the public outcry is loud.

Contact info for the Berkeley “Peace and Justice Commission:”

Manuel Hector, Jr.
Health & Human Services
(510) 981-5110
E-mail: MHector@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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A reminder of how Berkeley Code Pinkos “supported” the troops last year…by vandalizing the Berkeley Marine Corps recruitment center:

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And a reminder of how Move America Forward rallied in response:

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